Factual error: The Kate Smith recording of God Bless America was made in 1938. It is playing in the background during the opening scene but the opening scene takes place in 1933: 5 years before the song was recorded.
Noodles is invited to a party, where he reunites with Max, who didn't die and is under a different identity. Max wants Noodles to shoot him - to repay a favour - but Noodles refuses and walks away. We later see a dark figure coming from the house and disappears when a garbage truck drives past - we don't know if Max jumped in or not. A flashback follows this of Noodles second entry to the Chinese hideout where we first saw him. He smokes some opium and grins - suggesting the entire film was an opium dream but we are left in mystery.
Young Noodles: You'll put up, and you'll shut up! You hear nothing, and you see nothing! Just like you did for Bugsy.
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